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Implications of the Castro St (and other) Caltrain Ped Crossing Project

Original post made by maguro_01, Mountain View, on Dec 23, 2010

The project to "upgrade" the Castro St (Mountain View) pedestrian crossing is taking shape. They are putting in permanent steel fences to funnel all sidewalk traffic through four yellow steel manually operated gates that appear to be about 30 inches wide when opened. Handicapped access to the VTA light rail station is apparently cut off from the downtown Mountain View side, people with baby carriages may be able to open the gate by backing through it, but some won't. Walking bikes will be tight. The intention seems to be to limit to one person at a time on the tracks since the gate bottleneck is the only opening going both ways. Some may discover that they can't get through and will have to retreat back through the crowd pressing forwards in the funnel.

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